Justice Gurich attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, until her graduation. She majored in Political Science and minored in History. She was awarded a B.A. degree Magna Cum Laude. Gurich was selected for the Dean's Honor Roll and Who's Who of the Junior Class. She was involved in student government, Model United Nations collegiate competition, and jazz, marching and concert bands.
Justice Gurich graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Oklahoma. While in law school, she served on the American Indian Law Review and was a Third Year student representative on the Law School Board of Governors. Gurich was selected by a vote of her peers to receive the Professional Responsibility Award. She also served as a student judge on the University of Oklahoma Superior Court. She finished in the top one-third of her class.
Justice Gurich was employed during law school on campus for the student government association her first semester. She was employed by the Student Legal Research Board during all three years of law school. Gurich was employed by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Legal Division in 1976. She also worked as a student assistant for the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals from 1976-1977 and again in 1978. Gurich was employed as a student assistant for the United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma from 1977-78, working under acting U.S. Attorney John E. Green.
Dean Harroz and Law Professor Maute from the University of Oklahoma College of Law join Justice Gurich at her swearing in ceremony.